Language change and code breaks

Piet van Oostrum piet at
Tue Jul 24 21:32:32 CEST 2001

>>>>> Sibylle Koczian <Sibylle.Koczian at> (SK) writes:

SK> piet at wrote:
>> >>>>> Guido van Rossum <guido at> (GvR) writes:
GvR> But it's still open for debate whether the problem here is Windows or
GvR> Unix!  All programming languages and file systems used to be
GvR> case-insensitive, until the designers of Unix and C decided that it
GvR> was too much work to write and use a case-insensitive comparison
GvR> routine.
>> This is not true. Algol 60 was case-insensitive from the beginning. By
>> design, as Algol 60 was designed the way it is in spite of the difficulties
>> it would give its implementors.
>> --
SK> But that's exactly what he says! Algol 60 was before C, as far as I
SK> know, and case-insensitive as was normal at the time.

Sorry, I meant to say that Algol 60 was case sensitive.
Piet van Oostrum <piet at>
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